Maroon bush is an Australian shrub used in traditional Aboriginal medicine for cold and stomach ailments. Lab studies have shown that it has antibacterial and antiviral activities, but it is not known whether it has anticancer effects in humans.
Maroon bush describes a bushy shrub used in traditional medicine for colds, stomach ailments, and as a diuretic by the Aboriginal people in Australia. Flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids, anthraquinones, polysteroids, saponins, cardiac glycosides and phenolic compounds are among the constituents found in maroon bush (2)(3).
Extracts of maroon bush have demonstrated antibacterial and antiviral properties in vitro without any toxic effects (1)(2). The infusion of the leaves and branches has had purported uses for cancer leading to heightened interest in this plant as an alternative cancer treatment. However, there are no published scientific studies showing anticancer effects of maroon bush in humans.